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Visits and childrens! [Aug. 16th, 2016|07:25 pm]
Cass - Fat And Sassy!
My friend Kat is visiting from out of town with her partner and their two kids. One of them is almost four (Q), the other is five months old (E). It's been fun! And INTERESTING. I've had them over to my place a couple of times. Kids! In my apartment!

A brief summary of adventures!Collapse )

All of this has been lovely, but after the past few months of moving/hosting/visiting I am starting to feel a little burned out. Though it's also possible that the underlying depression/anxiety stuff (which I'd juuuust started to try and get a grip on before I was galvanized into apartment-related action) is doing the burning. Maybe it's a little bit of both.

Either way, after the coming weekend I should have a little time to myself. I want to finish setting up my apartment: set up my office, put up my pictures/art, and put that last coat of paint on my kitchen cupboards. (And ask to be reimbursed for the paint and paint supplies, which I've been putting off. Who knows why.) I sort of want to do more, but I'm prone to over-plan, so I'll leave it at that.
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I'm falling off the wagon again, you guys [Aug. 9th, 2016|08:23 pm]
Cass - Fat And Sassy!
In my defense, it's been busy. Most of the time. *cough*

I'mma go ahead and steal clawfoot's bites format, because a bullet list is the balm that soothes the tl;dr.

  • I went home! It was grand. I got to visit all of my grandparents a bunch, and catch up with friends, and get some SUN. IN THE MARITIMES. WHAT THE WHAT. The weather was perfect - low to mid twenties, sunny, good humidity. I ate a lot of stuff off the barbee, watched a lot of birds on the bird feeder, saw the highest tides in the world roll all the way in, and drank a metric fuckton of beer with my folks. Perfect. (I even managed to sneakily take them out for dinner once. The secret: don't tell them you're paying, then steal the bill at the end and hold on for dear life.)

  • While I was away, my friend Vall was watching my apartment and my kitty. Apparently my apartment was mad about me leaving because it gave Vall no end of trouble. My Netflix kept freezing, my knife broke while she was cutting garlic (?!), and my lamp committed lampicide when she deigned to brush against it with an armload of blankets. Like I told her, the knife sucked and I hated the lamp, so no actual harm done. I feel bad for her, though. Breaking someone else's stuff sucks. On the up side, she left a bunch of stupidly cute drawings around my house of my stuff welcoming me back ("Couch missed you!" "Bed eagerly awaits your return! :D :D :D") which was both touching and funny as hell.

  • Before I went home I bought myself part 2 of my birthday gift to myself (part 1 being a new phone that I swear was only half so I could play Pokémon Go): an El Gato HD capture card! Now my dreams of being a crappy copy of Game Grumps can finally come to fruition. I got it hooked up and did some preliminary recording with my friend Samia which went pretty well. I want to get lav mics for better sound, and my laptop appears to be unable to handle editing video anymore so it'll be a while before I can do anything with the episodes that are worth keeping. But it was nice to get started after a year of putting that particular project off.

  • I'm going to build myself a PC using Logical Increments! I need something that can handle some video editing and light to medium gaming, as well as a bit of streaming. I haven't built a PC since the late nineties so this is bound to be an adventure. I'm pretty sure it's waaaay easier nowadays than it was back then. If necessary I will call in the expertise of cow and/or epi_lj.

  • It's been ages since I've written anything. It's been quite a while since I've even wanted to. But that part, at least, is finally coming back. I need a little goal of some sort to get me going. Putting some black on that first white page is hard.
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Well that was a crazy couple of weeks [Jul. 14th, 2016|10:38 pm]
Cass - Fat And Sassy!
Since Canada day, I've been busy.

The stupendous epi_lj picked me up on July 2nd and we went all over the city obtaining things for my new apartment. It was a long, tough, but all together pretty great day.

The next day I puttered around and got the place as put together as I could in preparation for my folks arriving the next day.

My new place wound up being a good fit for three people, which was a huge relief. There wasn't much head-bonking on the weird bulkheads, the kitchen table sat three of us beautifully, and my folks were comfortable in the bed. And I was surprisingly happy sleeping on the couch for nine nights in a row - I wasn't counting down the days until I could sleep in my bed again. I'll be pretty comfortable offering it as a crash space for guests, which is a big feature that I was afraid I'd lose out on when I had to move. (This place will be WAY better for parties, too. I'd really like to host people more often.)

The vacation was a nice balance of sleeping in / having relaxed mornings and getting out and doing a lot of fun stuff. We saw a Jays game and went to Hamilton for a CFL game, we ate amazing food and drank amazing beers, and I got to have an awesome birthday celebration with a huge percentage of my favourite people all talking and laughing together.

I've been a little depressed since my mom and dad left, not in small part because I'm back to work at my talking-heavy job and I have a sore throat. Really looking forward to a low key weekend to recover.
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It is REALLY DONE [Jul. 1st, 2016|03:16 pm]
Cass - Fat And Sassy!
I did my last cleaning pass in the old place this morning, after going in for a bit last night. I did a good surface clean, but I suspected he was getting cleaners in, so I didn't go TOO nuts. They can do the deep cleaning. I was happy with how I left the place, and that's what matters.

Handed over the keys and got a quick cab home with my last few straggling things. My timing was perfect - it had rained earlier, and not long after I got in it started pouring.

And then... I TOOK A SHOWER. A long, luxurious, soapy, sudsy shower. Oh man. Oh man you guys. That felt amazing. (I'd planned on going back to the old place and showering while waiting for this one to be ready, but that wound up being too much of a logistical headache. So I spent the week taking sponge baths and using lots of deodorant.)

My throat feels cruddy but I have steadfastly decided NOT TO GET SICK. Nope. No sir.

I am going to go out and grab a food shortly, then spend the evening picking away at some unpacking.

Happy Canada Day!
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A few wee things [Jun. 27th, 2016|11:00 pm]
Cass - Fat And Sassy!

  • I have internet at my new place! Sweet, sweet internet, how I missed you. (And by "missed you" I mean "missed being able to watch YouTube videos in HD instead of in 144p while using my phone as a mobile hot spot." To be truly without internet is a thing which I can scarcely fathom.)

  • I like the open feeling of the space in this place. It feels bright and inviting. I wish the ceilings and bulkheads were about... four inches higher.

  • DOUBLE SINK. I did some dishes tonight and I forgot how much I missed having a double sink. Need to buy a plug though. The one that's here straight up doesn't fit.

  • Going to need to get creative with the cupboard space. It's at a high premium in this place. I have a weird wirey shelf that came with the house that I'm thinking of turning into a place for pans and pots. And maybe dish cloths/towels.

  • Shower is done phase one. Two more phases over the next couple of days.

  • Tomorrow is Update All the Address Junk Day. First up: driver's licence and health card.

  • I am unpacking very, very, very slowly. I am pretty much okay with this. (Though it'll be nice when stuff is put away. Just... not quite as nice as taking it easy after a nutty couple of weeks.)
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IT IS DONE [Jun. 27th, 2016|09:18 am]
Cass - Fat And Sassy!
The move! It's done!*

I couldn't be happier that I went with movers. They were there at 9AM on the dot with the truck, whereupon I put the kitty in the bathroom for a little while. (Later, when they were mostly done but one of the guys needed to use the bathroom, I put her in the livingroom window so she would have a little enclave that she could observe from, but that was too high to jump out of.) For me the move was mostly answering questions and staying out of the way.

My kitchen table needed to have the legs removed, and my couch wound up getting mostly taken apart in order to get it into the new place. They put both of them back together, no problems. They also brought up my old computer desk which I'm throwing out so I didn't have to lug it to the curb myself. All in all the move took two and a half hours. Including tip, I paid 385$. WORTH IT.

Not long afterward, the amazing clawfoot and the wonderful epi_lj came and helped move my kitty to the new place. Kitty!

I haven't unpacked much. I was a zombie for most of the rest of Saturday, and Sunday was amplepie's birthday party! It was nice to have an afternoon of sitting around relaxing with cool people after the silly week leading up to my move.

On my way home I stopped by the old place and picked up a few things - most importantly, my Bell modem (router? Thing? MAGICAL INTERNET BOX) so I can get the internet set up at my new place tonight. YAY!

*I still need to go back and collect one or two little things, put a bunch of stuff in the recycling/garbage bin, take my art off the walls, do some minor paint repair, and clean. But this is small potatoes.
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A slight annoyance [Jun. 23rd, 2016|04:10 pm]
Cass - Fat And Sassy!
So I told my landlords a week or so ago that I was moving in early. Maybe I did the thing where I didn't use firm language ("maybes" and "probablies" abound), or maybe they're just really bad at focusing on getting things done, but the long and the short of it is this: my shower won't be ready until about a week after I move in.

Yes, this puts it at a July 1-type date. Which means I can shower at my other place until then, at least, and it'll be up and running (literally) when my folks come to town. But seriously, guys. The apartment has been vacant for a month and a half. You couldn't have started on this shit earlier?

Anyway. I have elected to be a good sport, if only for the benefit of my own mental health.

My painting buddy bailed again! I can't really blame her, she twisted her ankle at work the night before and was hoping it'd be back to normal by painting time. Totally fair. But you know how certain people... you just plan for them to bail on you 75% of the time? I love her dearly, but she is one of those types.

Luckily I had the incomparable and awesome epi_lj on my side! We picked up a rug that I bought on a lark (impulsive decisions, so unlike me!) and spent a solid three hours finishing up the painting. It looks pretty good. The fronts of the cupboards could use another coat, so I will probably do that some evening next week. That'll be a pretty small job.

The oven is, as I described it last night, "capital G gross." So gross that I texted the previous tenant with a wee bit of a guilt trip. So gross that I am sorely tempted to hire someone to clean it. But I told myself that I was forgoing cleaners because I'm paying for movers, and I'd like to keep my costs down. And as I was saying to epi_lj last night, doing this sort of thing - painting, cleaning, whatever - helps to make a space feel like it's yours. So maybe it's time to learn how to deep clean an oven.

Tonight: major packing. My most elusive targets are the little things that I've been letting my eyes slide over for the past couple of weeks. Time to go, little things. Time to go.
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The best laid plans [Jun. 22nd, 2016|12:02 pm]
Cass - Fat And Sassy!
I got about a third of my to do list done last night. One of my friends got broken up with (over the phone, BOO HISS) and needed a friend. So I bought donuts and skipped making soup in favour of heating up some spaghetti sauce and boiling some noodles. We brought a blanket out to the lawn across the street and laid on it, eating donuts and, in her case, crying and chain smoking until the sun went all the way down.

Ugh. I feel really awful for her. It's the fresh open wound stage. Also known as the "it's my fault / I'll never find love" stage. That's some rough shit.

Last round of painting tonight. Then I have two evenings to pack All The (rest of the) Things.
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Some day I will do more than just paint [Jun. 21st, 2016|12:44 pm]
Cass - Fat And Sassy!
I had a painting buddy last night! After we exchanged my wrong paint (apparently only one can was wrong? It was hard to tell because apart from a tiiiiny bit of text the cans were EXACTLY THE SAME) and had a quick McDonald's supper on the benches outside at Dundas West station, we finally got to work. In two hours we got about half the apartment painted. Man, it's nice to have a buddy.

It's looking as good as I can hope for - the previous paint job was pretty crappy, so I can't fix everything. But it's better. I'm hoping to get a chance to do a second coat on a couple of areas.

Wednesday we're going back and epi_lj is joining us for ROUND 3!

(I'd like to paint the bathroom at some point, because it's dumb and blue, but that's a battle for another day.)

Tonight: a to do list of sorting, purging, prepping and packingCollapse )

I think that's plenty for tonight. This is my "day off" from painting after all. I've also been skimping on sleep the past couple of nights, so I need to try to put myself to bed a little early.
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YET ANOTHER ENTRY in THE PAINTING SAGA [Jun. 19th, 2016|10:37 pm]
Cass - Fat And Sassy!
On Thursday, my painting buddy bailed. I was going to go by myself after work, but I also had to get groceries. While getting groceries, I lost my iPod somewhere and didn't realize it until I'd walked back to the station. So, with my groceries in hand, I backtracked all the way to the store, where thank $deity my iPod was waiting for me. Walked back to the station, caught the bus home. By this time it was nearly 7pm, and I knew by the time I got changed and caught the bus that I wouldn't be in the space and ready to start painting until after 8. So I decided to stay home and get a couple of things done there instead.

Friday was awesome date with amplepie who I don't even think uses LJ, but she has a journal registered so I get to link to her and be all cool.

Saturday epi_lj picked us up so we could go put a hole in amplepie's face. The medusa piercing looks cool! Then we went for sushi. I always forget that all you can eat sushi turns into an "all you can bloat" affair, but maybe because of *mumble mumble moon cycles* it lasted WAY longer than usual this time. I wasn't feeling well enough to do much of anything for the rest of the day, so I napped and grumbled and tried not to beat myself up too much.

Sunday! Today! I slept in a little and had a breakfast, then headed over to my new place a little after noon. And IT HAPPENED! I STARTED PAINTING! I got the ceiling all done in about three hours, then stopped for supper and to give my dad a call for Father's Day. My right arm was pretty sore but I wanted to get at least a couple more hours of work done on the walls.

Aaaaand that's when I discovered that I'd bought the wrong kind of paint. It's an accent base, apparently. Goes on clear. Thank you but I can achieve the same results by DOING NOTHING.

So now I need to take my paint back and exchange it for the right kind. I'd have done it tonight but the store had just closed. This will eat into my painting time tomorrow and will either involve carting heavy paint cans around on TTC or spending 20$ on cabs to the store and then to the apartment. But I should have my painting buddy back, and even if we don't get it 100% done tomorrow I should be able to finish it up another evening this week by myself if need be.

Ceiling looks pretty good, though, not gonna lie.

Getting home earlier than expected also gave me enough time to catch up on my budget, dishes, and laundry. And livejournal, naturally. I think I'm going to spend 20 minutes taking blankets off my walls and bagging them up (and maybe removing the hooks) and then call it a night.
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